Since Granny’s passing….

I apologize.  I know I haven’t been around much lately.  I’ve been reading. I just haven’t been writing.  Writing as well as talking seems to get me in too much trouble – but we won’t go there for the sake of boring you to tears!!  I’m going to try to do better.  I know there are people reading this blog, they just don’t choose to comment.  I am going to try and post a blog at least once a week. That will be my goal for now.  Your comments will encourage me to keep at it.  So, you ask,,  What have I been up to, right?

Well, since Granny’s passing last September I’ve been seeking God’s will for my life.  For awhile I felt like a fish out of water.  A bit aimless to say the least.  I really thought I would be going to work outside the home after the first of the year. NADA.  Just didn’t feel any type of “release” and since we are down to one reliable vehicle, it would be a challenge (not impossible) to work outside the home.  

I’m still taking care of Kash and like to pat myself on the back for he is now FULLY potty trained and quite proud of himself!! Image

He’s a mess!! Love that baby boy!! We talk all day about all sorts of cool stuff.  He’s so smart and wants to “help” me with everything!  There are no child labor laws in Maw Maw’s house.  He wants to vaccum, dust, windex the windows, bake cookies, go for walks, go shopping…you name it! Our days are full.  His daddy works for the railroad, so he gets to be home with Kash every other week.  That has cut my daycare responsibilities down to 1/2 the month instead of the entire month.  I sure do miss him when he’s gone, but it does give me a nice break to sew, have lunch with girlfriends etc;  Not for much longer though…

Enter Jackson…Image

Our little “ginger” was born early Feb. and mommy goes back to work teaching school this coming Monday.  I will get the honor of taking care of Jackson for the next two months until school is out for the summer.  He’s a red head and is beginning to look like his daddy (my youngest step-son, Josh) more and more each day.  He weighed in at 9 lb. 1 oz and is now almost 14 pounds, 6 weeks later!!  His daddy is a big boy too, weighing in at over 300 lbs, so doesn’t surprise me that he likes to eat!

There’s nothing better to shake you from your grieving over the loss of a loved one – than NEW life and NEW famly!!  We so wish Granny could have seen our little Jackson.  Kash still talks about her and asks..”Granny in heaven with Jesus?”  Image

RIP..Bertha Mae Stevens, we look forward to seeing you dancing on Pearly shores.

Since I didn’t feel released to go to work and was having a blast sewing, come the first of the year I decided to try incorporating some of my hobby into a business from my home.  It was purely on a fluke, but would allow me to still take care of grandbabies also.  My daughter, Tanya (the realtor in Wichita Falls) wanted me to make her some cord covers.  I said, “what?”  She said, “cord covers, Mom”.  They are very hot and trendy and I see them in a lot of homes I go into, but they are quite expensive at places like Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Well, it didn’t sound very creative and also sounded quite boring to make, but I experimented with some of my leftover quilt fabric.  She was quite happy with hers.  That’s when the lightbulb went on.  I was already on E-bay and Etsy but with mediocre results selling other stuff..so I began taking pictures of my cord covers and selling them on both sites.  The results have been quite shocking!  It’s been a great way to supplement my SSI and so far my reviews/feedback has been awesome too!Image

This is a cream eyelet one.  I sell them in different lengths, colors and fabrics.  Been quite fun and rewarding.  Can’t say the same about my quilts.  I love making quilts and decided while I was at it to make some baby quilts to sell online as well.  Although I’ve sold a couple, I’ve discovered that people aren’t willing to pay for a handmade quilt that is a ONE OF A KIND original – at least not what it’s worth (for the amount of time and labor that went into it).  The following are still FOR SALE:  Please give me your feedback on if you think my prices are too high…Image

Pillow Quilts (a type of rag quilt) approx. 35″ X 42″ (5 blocks across, 6 blocks down) $19.95 plus shippingImage

Blue & White gingham with embroidered butterflies; make them in pink, peach, lavendar etc;

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This crazy quilt for baby sells for $24.95 plus shipping.  This has decorative top stitching, a scrappy binding, appliqued hearts, and yellow sashing. I take custom orders for these and am making a larger one for a young girl in purples, pinks, blues, whites currently.  Here’s a close up of one of the blocks:  Image

 

Those are my smaller, less expensive ones.  I’ve also made some larger flannel baby quilts but have had no luck selling them online.  Please give me your honest feedback on what you think and what I might be doing wrong:  Here they are:

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ImageThis one is called “Cuddle Bug” and is currently selling for $55.00 (free shipping).

ImageImageThis one is called “Lil Hoo” and is also listed at $55.00 + free shipping.  I love the little owl flannel print.  You will see by the closeups that I’m not a professional quilter – I’m still a novice and they are far from perfect but I think they are worth what I’m asking.  This has really left me in a quandry.  When I was in Cracker Barrel for lunch yesterday I saw BEAUTIFUL, FACTORY CREATED quilts for 129.00 for KING SIZE! $99.00 for QUEEN!  That told me that people just don’t value or appreciate the work that goes into one made at home and there’s no way a home craftsman can compete with assembly line quilts by charging such low rates.  Is my thinking way off base or am I right on the money? (Pardon the pun).

On to bigger and better things….at Thanksgiving my hubby and I were able to get away for a few days of rest and relaxation. We were still suffering the loss of Granny and just wanted to “chill”.  We went to my daughter, Tanya’s in Wichita Falls.  We had not seen there new home yet, so it was also a lot of fun seeing how God had blessed them, and how a lot of hard work had paid off for them!ImageTanya’s husband, Rob works for the Wichita Police force and is my “favorite” (only LOL) son-in-law.  I love him so much and he is so good to my baby girl.  He loves it when I bake for him, so I bribe him with baked goods often.  We celebrated Christmas while we were there and so I gave Rob the crazy quilt I had made for him, too.

ImageIt is folded over so you can see both front and back.  Rob is tall, so the first thing he did when he opened it was lay down on the floor and cover up with it to be sure it covered him totally up!  Cracked me up!  It’s very heavy and warm.  He and Tanya have a cabin in New Mexico and like to mountain climb, so I envisioned him using it when sleeping outdoors in the cold, but I don’t think the weight of it is practical for keeping in a backpack!! Ha!

Image We also helped Tanya and Rob decorate the tree while we were there. I had made some handmade cloth ornaments for everyone this year, so it was fun seeing them adorn their trees as well.

While there Tanya had a light bulb moment. She was looking for a tax write off for her business and asked if I would embroider kitchen towels for her to give as closing gifts to her clients if she purchased an embroldery machine for me. DUH!  Of course!

ImageThat’s also why I was able to embroider butterflies on my pillow quilts as well.  I’m still learning how to use my new machine but am having so much fun with it.

Lot more going on…but my fingers are tiring – In closing I would let you know that Jan. 1st “Custom Creations” was born.Image  I’m not getting rich off it, but am having a lot of fun sewing in my spare time.  While hubby Jerry enjoys his favorite pass time of watching the “boob tube” I am allowing my creative juices to flow.

As I said in the beginning- I will try to be more present and accounted for and post something at least once a week.  I really need to know you are reading to stay motivated though.  Even a “like” will let me know you are there!

 

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tanya Ruff
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 04:16:05

    Lil Hoo! I LOVE IT!!! Of course I’m partial to the closing gifts though. 🙂 Great post. (See I bothered to log in and comment!) Love you!

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  2. beecee554
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 05:56:17

    Loved your post today, Linda. Kash is really getting to be a big boy and Jackson is such a cutie! I enjoyed seeing your beautiful quilts and I think your prices are just fine for the workmanship you have put into them. Maybe your church could have a craft fair or bazaar soon? People will usually pay a bit more at those kinds of events. I like the idea of a weekly blog entry. Like I said, I check everyday to see if you have written anything.

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  3. Martha Westich
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 12:32:00

    This may not be the proper way to say it, but I am always glad to see your posts. I first “met” you on Spark. I have only done a few quilts so far, but it is fun to hear about your adventures. I have a friend that has a quilting shop where she sells all the fancy machines and teaches folks how to use them to make amazing things.

    I know you really worked from the heart to take care of your mother-in-law. I am glad for the new life to help with the loss. It is SUCH a blessing when you know you will see loved ones again. My mother is gone and I miss her but I think of her visiting with old friends and family that have gone on ahead and seeing the Lord. Wow.

    Martha

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  4. augielife
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 17:22:31

    Hey friend. It has been awhile. Loved the post. Also really love your talent. Blessings to you and your lovely family.

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    • bittygirl51
      Mar 29, 2014 @ 23:09:31

      I know, Sheri. I wish we lived closer so we could sit down for a chat. It’s been too long. Haven’t been myself for a very long time…but God’s not Dead! (We went to that movie yesterday). It was awesome!

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  5. bittygirl51
    Mar 29, 2014 @ 17:24:00

    Oh wow…I did not realize that’s where we originally met, Martha. Sorry at 63 alot of things escape me! I went to a class at the “fancy” quilting/sewing store in town. I don’t shop there. They are a little to “rich” for my blood, but I signed up for a $20 class to show us how to embroider mug rugs on our embroidery machine. OMG! You should have seen the machine they had me on! I think it sold for about $5000. I didn’t dare ask! LOL Although I came home with a finished mug rug, it was not one I could re-create on my $500 machine! Bummer! Thanks for following. I appreciate your friendship, too!

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  6. mcwoman
    Apr 01, 2014 @ 14:04:59

    Your quilts are amazing! I sewed a lot when my children were young, but as time has passed given it up for other endeavors. I never could make a quilt in my wildest dreams–I’m much too impatient. I think you’re prices are very reasonable. Don’t worry if they don’t catch on right away. People who appreciate handmade things like yours just haven’t found you yet. I set up a handmade jewelry business and I’m still working at it. Good luck with your new business. Most of all, have fun doing the work. Barbara

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    • bittygirl51
      Apr 02, 2014 @ 00:34:58

      Thanks for your words of encouragement, Barbara. I know what you’ve said is most likely true and that I should just be patient! I appreciate you reading and following.

      Reply

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